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JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013)

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Seventy-five percent of the American people still refuse to believe the official story of President John F. Kennedy's death. They do not think he was killed by a lone gunman but by a mysterious cabal that somehow conspired to have him killed. How can this be? How can a crime this famous, witnessed and investigated by so many, remain a mystery? This is what veteran Australian police detective Colin McLaren is determined to find out. JFK: The Smoking Gun follows the forensic cold-case investigation McLaren conducted over four painstaking years, taking us back to that tragic day in Dallas at Dealey Plaza where the shooting took place, to Parkland Hospital where the president was pronounced dead, to the Bethesda Naval Hospital where the autopsy was conducted and to the conclusions of the Warren Commission that have remained controversial to this day. Driven by a seasoned police detective who, thanks to modern technology, finally had access to all the facts and to witness testimony, the documentary uses logic, reason and time-tested investigative techniques to solve a crime that is every bit as shocking and incredible today as it was when it first happened 50 years ago. Colin McLaren believes he has found "the smoking gun" that killed JFK. Once you've seen this film, he's confident you will believe it, too.

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Critic Reviews for JFK: The Smoking Gun

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (4)

He comes off as a detective building a case. But then, so do others. And only one can be right.

November 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[The] film finds its focus in ballistics talk, much of it intriguing, and ballistics tests. Better yet, it manages to maintain a certain suspense

November 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Recycled theory with some fresh perspective -- but it still smells recycled.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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It can't be said -- unfortunately -- that Smoking Gun is bereft of any "entertainment" value.

October 30, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for JFK: The Smoking Gun

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Director Malcolm Mcdonald and writer Steve Lucas are coming with a new documentary with some interesting (but already known) facts "recycled" from the Bonar Menninger's book Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK. [img]http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BOTA1MzAwMjExMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzExMjIzMDE@._V1_SY317_CR15,0,214,317_.jpg[/img] How many times we read that seventy-five percent of the American people still refuse to believe the official story of President John F. Kennedy's death... they hoped that this is made to close some loopholes in the official story. I am still not sure why was a veteran Australian police detective Colin McLaren invited to this show to investigate this because he is a drug busting, not a forensic expert but it seems in four years he spent working on this documentary he was determined to find out who is to blame for the fatal bullet. The documentary is trying to follow the forensic cold-case investigation but it is not succeeding every time in that for many reasons. McLaren is taking us back to that tragic day in Dallas at Dealey Plaza where the shooting took place, to Parkland Hospital where the president was pronounced dead, to the Bethesda Naval Hospital where the autopsy was conducted and to the conclusions of the Warren Commission that have remained controversial to this day, and it was nice to see all these things together, but most of them are already known! This is new only for the people who never heard of Menninger's book. I won't be telling you anything about the details because that will be spoiling everything for you, but if you are interested in J.F.K. and you are a part of those abovementioned 75%, see this latest documentary. Maybe helps you to understand better how the secret service operates! It is not bad informative viewing, but far from entertaining.

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